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Route from D/FW - I-20 vs 67

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Offline CZSteve

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Route from D/FW - I-20 vs 67
« on: June 15, 2018, 01:28:06 PM »
We're heading out to Big Bend this Sunday; staying in a VRBO in Terlingua.
Leaving from Arlington TX in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area.
Default route is I-20 thru Abilene, Midland-Odessa, etc. and then south on 67 thru Alpine and on to the rental house.
Or... We can take 67 thru San Angelo and smaller towns such as Big Lake (we could stop to see the HS baseball from The Rookie... :icon_rolleyes:) and south once we gone thru Fort Stockton - we'd probably take 20 west and then south on 206 rm Cisco if 67 thru Ft. Stockton makes sense to keep the extra time down to only ~ 20 more minutes VS I-20.

We'll be anxious to get to Terlingua / Big Bend but also looking to enjoy the drive out there. Yes, I know the majority of the drive is pretty barren...

Recommend I-20 thru Midland-O or 67 thru Ft. Stockton?

Thanks,
Steve

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Offline jim2

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Re: Route from D/FW - I-20 vs 67
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2018, 03:08:14 PM »
When I'm going to BBNP I take the shortest route. There's nothing between Austin and Alpine more interesting than the area south of Alpine.
If you going to and leaving  the park from the Study Butte/ Terlingua side going through Alpine is the way to go. Great scenery and high speed limit. That sounds like a bad combination now that I've typed it! Going south from Ft Stockton  is nice south of Marathon, once you hit the park the speed limit drops to 45. Then you have a very long stretch from the northern entrance to the western exit at 45 mph. 

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Offline dprather

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Re: Route from D/FW - I-20 vs 67
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2018, 03:20:44 PM »
When I'm going to BBNP I take the shortest route. There's nothing between Austin and Alpine more interesting than the area south of Alpine.
If you going to and leaving  the park from the Study Butte/ Terlingua side going through Alpine is the way to go. Great scenery and high speed limit. That sounds like a bad combination now that I've typed it! Going south from Ft Stockton  is nice south of Marathon, once you hit the park the speed limit drops to 45. Then you have a very long stretch from the northern entrance to the western exit at 45 mph.

I have been ticketed along that stretch.  Be careful.
Leave "quit" at the car.  Embrace the trail as your friend.  Expect to enjoy yourself, and to be amazed.

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Offline tx1c

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Re: Route from D/FW - I-20 vs 67
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2018, 03:28:07 PM »
The extra stops you mentioned will probably add more than the 20 minutes you admit to (i figure google maps gave you that number).

From San Antonio, I take 90 going and 10 coming back.  That's because we're usually tired and ready to get home and 10 is a bit faster. 
Generally when I travel, though, I like to take roads other than the interstates.  I take 281 to Dallas from here for a couple of reasons.
But the point I'm working toward is this: the variations in terrain, speeds, and scenery make me more alert on non-freeways than on the droning boredom of the interstate. 

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Offline catz

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Re: Route from D/FW - I-20 vs 67
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2018, 03:43:02 PM »

+1
Wake me when it's time to go.

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Offline Imre

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Re: Route from D/FW - I-20 vs 67
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2018, 04:02:25 PM »
I have taken each route many, many times. The drive through San Angelo and Big Lake is marginally more interesting. A few more hills, but mostly two lanes. Also some stop lights and some towns (four corners, actually) where you'll have to watch the speed limits progressively drop as you approach the main intersection.  In recent years I have taken to the interstate just to avoid this.  And before you decided on 67, check Google Maps for construction; you may find yourself waiting for the flag man and/or pilot car.
For every complex problem there is a solution that is simple, obvious, and wrong.
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Offline fartymarty

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Re: Route from D/FW - I-20 vs 67
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2018, 07:55:32 PM »
I-20 vs 67 .... If you have plenty of acceleration/horsepower I think 67 is the safer more interesting (??? certainly debatable) route. When I take my motorcycle I use 67 mostly because I have no trouble passing anyone and I feel it's safer because of fewer trucks and less traffic. When I'm in my PT Loozer I usually take I-20 as it doesn't have the acceleration to pass sometimes, so I'm stuck for many miles between the available passing lanes on 67. Of course there are occasionally ( rare fortunately ) packs of 20 or more Harleys going 5-10 mph under the limit and almost impossible to pass on 67 with any vehicle until a passing lane...even then sometimes its not for sure that they won't block both lanes. These choices are for daytime only, if at night I reverse the routes, because on the interstate the chance of a deer strike on the motorcycle is less (although certainly not impossible), and in the PT Loozer on Hwy 67 because of much less traffic at night makes the passing problem almost insignificant.
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Offline CZSteve

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Re: Route from D/FW - I-20 vs 67
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2018, 07:44:54 AM »
Thanks all!
Opting for the I-20 route; my 17 yr old son will also be driving stints and better to avoid the hassles of having to pass on two land roads.

leaving in about 20 minutes, it's been 34 yrs since I've been out to Big Bend - excited for the kids to witness.

 


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